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Dr. Kenneth Williams has been appointed president of Seton Medical Group, a primary care and OB/GYN physician group aligned with St. Agnes Hospital.

Williams will serve in this position while continuing his full-time practice. As president, he will manage 42 physicians at offices throughout the Baltimore area.

His job will call for him to work with the physicians and the board on its vision, strategic planning, growing the organization and recruiting new physicians. In addition, he will work with others to strengthen patient care.

Williams is a native of Baltimore and is board certified in internal medicine. He has two offices in Canton and Catonsville. He earned a medical degree at the Academy of Medicine in Poznan, Poland, and did a general internal medicine internship at St. Agnes Hospital. He has served as chief resident of internal medicine at St. Agnes and as acting director of medical services at the Baltimore City Detention Center. In addition to his practice, he is a consultant.

Dr. Douglas Shepard has recently joined the orthopedic specialty care team at Harbor Hospital.

He will see patients at the Harbor Hospital HealthPark in Pasadena, on the Harbor Hospital downtown campus and at Harbor Hospital's Orthopedic Specialty Care offices in Cockeysville.

Shepard is an orthopedic surgeon who offers surgical and nonsurgical treatment for wrist, ankle, shoulder, knee and neck conditions.

Shepard, who earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Maryland Orthopaedic Society, the Med-Chi Faculty of Maryland, the Peruvian Orthopaedic and Traumatology Society and the Baltimore County Medical Association.

Dr. Rudiger Breitenecker will be honored at a June 6 luncheon for his work in forensic medicine.

The event will be held at noon at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in the Conference Center.

Invited dignitaries include Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr., Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger, Baltimore County Police Chief James W. Johnson and Col. Terrence B. Sheridan, Maryland State Police superintendent.

Breitenecker is credited with having insight more than 30 years ago for keeping evidence taken from alleged sexual assault victims in hopes that there would one day be technology that would allow officials to identify suspects from the forensic samples.

Today, DNA evidence plays a crucial role in prosecuting sexual assault and other crimes. Breitenecker, who is often referred to as a pioneer in his field, was a member of GBMC's department of pathology from 1967 to 1998. He is the founding director of the Rape Care Center at GMBC (1975-1997), which is now known as the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination program.

He was trained as a forensic pathologist. As such, he took samples of fluid, sperm, semen and other substances and then froze evidence from each case. When DNA technology became available, those samples were given to police and resulted in convictions to many cold cases.

Nancy Schadie, an oncology nurse at Franklin Square Hospital Center, has been named its 2008 Nurse of the Year. Her colleagues at the Franklin Square Ambulatory Oncology Center at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute nominated her for the award. Schadie has been an employee for eight years.

She was chosen because of her work, compassion and professionalism with patients and staff in ambulatory oncology.

Each year, the hospital honors nurses in various disciplines for honors that include advanced practice nurse, distinguished nurse in a support role, an outstanding nurse leader and a licensed practical nurse. Each year, a nurse from this group of honorees is chosen as nurse of the year.

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